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Restaurants, bars, caterers and other food businesses devastated by the pandemic began applying Monday for help from a new $28.6 billion federal aid program, but the money isn’t expected to last long.

Despite a few glitches after thousands descended on the application website for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund when it went live at noon, the process was fairly straightforward, applicants said.

That was a welcome change from the technical problems that have plagued other aid programs run by the Small Business Administration, which is managing the restaurant fund.

“It was impressively smooth,” said Sarah Horak, who co-owns three bars and

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A new restaurant is moving into downtown Topeka. But this time it is taking place of a current and existing restaurant.

The Cyrus Hotel will soon be home to Fedeli’s — an Italian restaurant — and take the place of The Weather Room, a restaurant that opened in 2019.

Zackary Oxley, Cyrus Hotel general manager, said the restaurant should be open in May although an exact date hasn’t been set.

Oxley said the transition between The Weather Room and Fedeli’s should be seamless and shouldn’t result in the restaurant closing temporarily.

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Magnolia Market at the Silos just got a sweet new addition.

The Waco, Texas, shopping complex founded by Chip and Joanna Gaines, reportedly has a new food truck. 

According to Eater Dallas, the new establishment is called Maggie’s Sweet Shoppe and it sells fried mini pies and gourmet sodas.


Maggie’s sells six flavors of pies including lemon blueberry, brown sugar maple, sugar cookie, chocolate, sopapilla and strawberry, Austin CultureMap reported.

Chip and Joanna Gaines are pictured in  2017. (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty

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In the space vacated by J.R. Crickets at Hawthorne and Oglethorpe, there’s a sign up promising a new place called Southern Culture Fish and Grits. It’s already undergone its health inspection, so it should be open soon. It has no social media presence that I could determine.

The Pub on Main in Watkinsville, is shutting down May 15 and becoming a Blind Pig.

If you’ve been wondering what happened to the original Inoko on Alps, it will be bulldozed and replaced with a location of Atlanta’s gusto! (the exclamation point is part of its name). The franchise describes itself as

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Hungarians had their first taste of normalcy in nearly six months Saturday as the outdoor terraces of restaurants and bars filled up in the country’s capital

Dominika Alapi, 31, rose early and brought her young son to one of her

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The Casillas have both worked in the restaurant business for most of their lives. Francisco Casillas has been a head cook since 2010, with both of them currently still running a Mexican restaurant in Illinois.

Sandra Casillas had previously lived in Springfield for 15 years and is a graduate Northwestern High School.

The couple strong ties with their families’ origins in Mexico.

“Mariscos” translates from Spanish to English, meaning, “seafood.”

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“The name kind of gives it away, we will be serving ‘mariscos,’ which is seafood in Spanish. We are

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